Infrastructure development and its importance for establishing liquefied natural gas (LNG) as marine fuel and LNG bunkering were among topics discussed at the LNG Conference 2019 event in Gothenburg, Sweden during late May.
The presentation on LNG infrastructure, delivered by Gunnar Helmen (Gasum) and Antonio Illescas (Swedegas), suggests Northwestern Europe to be the leading region when it comes to having a LNG infrastructure supporting a sustainable, maritime business.
However, patience has been recommended since time is needed to establish a supply chain, they said.
It is important to underscore, that LNG is not a “dead-end” solution. The infrastructure can be utilised when the industry moves towards its next evolutionary step – LBG and synthetic methane.
The event also saw Christian Hoepfner (Wessels Marine) offering some practical insights, sharing the experiences his company gathered while retrofitting one of its vessels, the Wes Amelie, for LNG usage.
The project was a success, proving that retrofitting can be an important step towards maritime energy transition, he said.
Rasmus Hellman (NEOT) pointed out increasing LNG bunkering availability in the Baltic region, translating into supply safety, to be another key aspect helping operators switch to LNG.
Sjaak Klap (Spliethoff), while praising overall benefits of LNG and stating that it is the only real option available today to reduce significant reduction of emissions, mentioned that his company will stick to oil throughout 2020. Scrubbers, MGO and LSFO will be used, with some concerns regarding the properties of the latter arising.
Klap adds that dual fuel LNG solutions are also being considered but the time has been judged as too early for a fleet-wide switch to LNG, with high additional CAPEX and overall insufficient LNG supply security cited as reasons.
The event attended by Polish LNG Platform members concluded with a trip to Swedegas’ LNG bunkering facilities, located in the Port of Gothenburg.
Photo credit: Polish LNG Platform
Published: 3 June, 2019
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